Sara Barker is a lecturer in the School of History, and she welcomes you to the University of Leeds and to the School.
Jess Duncan, Joint Honours English and History, Level 2
Molly Courtice, Single Honours History, Level 2
At the School of History, we take pride in the way our students evolve from ‘pupils’ to ‘Independent scholars’ during their degree. This is not a process that happens quickly, and you will be given guidance and training throughout, but this is one of the most important transitions that you will make.
By ‘independent learning’ we certainly don’t just mean ‘working on your own’. Instead, the phrase refers to the way you increasingly shape the way that you work, and choose precisely what you want to research. Being an independent learner means taking the initiative in relation to the tuition and guidance you get, seeking out resources that interest you, and finding ways of working, both individually and collaboratively, which allow you to explore your passions within the subject.
During the first year, we provide a foundation for your independent learning by:
By the end of your degree, you will have produced an original piece of independent scholarship, your Level 3 dissertation, which you will have designed, outlined and completed according to your own agenda.
An excellent way to begin your ‘Independent learning’ would be to click on the ‘History Induction’ tab and start exploring what the School offers, and how you enroll and choose your discovery modules online.
As a student, you will experience research-led teaching in three forms:
As well as your third year Dissertation or Long-Essay, the School offers many opportunities for research project work in year 2:
As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.